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Deputy managers and project managers

office of cultural and ritual communities

our team

We are the team of the Office for cultural and ritual communities of the Diocese of Montreal ! We develop and manage solidarity and support projects for immigrant populations of Montreal. We are honored to represent hundreds of volunteers, interns and benefactors who are involved in our projects.

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FR. Pierangelo Paternieri c.s.v.é.

Director of the office of cultural and ritual communities

Padre Pierangelo Paternieri, from the missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinian, is a missionary for migrants and refugees. Born in Italy, he studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome. After immigrating to France, he is ordained here in 1979. Fr. Pierangelo Paternieri arrives in Quebec on November 13 of the same year. After many years of work in various parishes of Montreal, and a 5 year parenthesis in Toronto, he joins the Diocese of Montreal where he has been an episcopal vicar and the director of the Office for cultural and ritual communities for 10 years.


Alessandra Santopadre

Alessandra has been working for 15 years for migrants and refugees around the world : Mozambique, South Africa, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Haiti, Philippines.

Eight years ago, she immigrated to Canada and started working as a pastoral worker in Laval for the Diocese of Montreal.

In January 2016, she started working as a deputy manager in the Office of cultural and ritual communities.



Eleana is a psychosocial worker, and a specialist of Human Rights.

After working in the Social pastoral in the Diocese of Montreal, during which she consolidated a continuous partnership with the Office for cultural and ritual communities, she officially joins the team in 2020, where she now works as a pastoral coordinator and volunteer coordinator.



Co-founder and manager of the center Le Pont, Arthur worked as an assistant for the private sponsorship program for refugees from 2015 to 2017. Since June 2017, he has been supervizing the development of Le Pont, its partnerships and fundraising.

Arthur received the award "Social science changes the world 2019" from UQAM for his implication in this project.

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